Agency leadership Program that Fast-Tracks Development of its Future Leaders

As organizations transform, they confront the challenge of maintaining a trained and knowledgeable workforce to effect the change the organization requires. Beginning with the 2008-09 fiscal year, our NASA established a developmental program for systems engineers in order to mature those skills necessary for its brightest and most talented systems engineers to lead complex teams and projects.

Each year, a competitive selection process places Agency leaders in developmental assignments away from their home centers. These assignments, in conjunction with leadership workshops, hand-on assignments, specialized coaching, and group interaction expose participants to opportunities and experiences designed to develop leadership skills.

Fedstar Solution:

By collaborating with NASA key stakeholders, we delivered a leadership program focused on rapidly developing the Agency’s future leaders and applied our proven business process management solutions to meet the client’s strategic objectives. This included providing management and logistics support for the selection of program candidates, developmental assignment identification, workshops, industry and government benchmarking events, leadership workshops and financial controls. As a result, FedStar helped APPEL create and maintain an accelerated approach to leadership development aimed at filling its leadership pipeline with exceptional, talented personnel who are prepared to be NASA's future leaders.


  • Business Process Engineering
  • Program/Project Management
  • Event & Training Support
  • Federal Acquisition Management Support


Our client has experienced great success with the NASA APPEL Systems Engineering Leadership Development Program (SELDP), with more than 90% of participants transitioning to more complex, difficult positions upon returning to their home organizations. Alumni leaders exceed more than 83 systems engineers and are representative of each of the Agency’s ten Centers. Based on FedStar’s continued partnership and work to improve the program (e.g. awareness campaign) Executive Management has a deeper understanding of the value of the program and continues to allocate funding in support of the program each year.